Sep 15, 2010 4:53 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top education leader won't
take his pay raise this year because of the state's budget
Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek will keep his $377,000
pay package, without adding the 6 percent boost he could have
gotten. The raise would have given him another $22,000 annually.
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education spent
nearly two hours in a private meeting with Pastorek on Wednesday
evaluating his performance. They emerged to approve a positive
evaluation without objection, but offered scant details.
BESE refused to release the evaluation documents, as did
Pastorek, citing a confidentiality clause in his contract.
Pastorek has received criticism for his salary and his spending
at the education department. Lawmakers and some education officials
also have complained that he is difficult to work with. But little
of that criticism was publicly displayed Wednesday.